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Dr. Wellbrock from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Broadway Books First Class Visit With Julee Cerda

Help me give my students books to promote reading at home as well as in school.

  • $428 goal

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My Students

We are a Title I school with a diverse population of students coming from all five boroughs of New York City.

The children in our classrooms are a mix of deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing children (most with deaf parents).

Although I am neither deaf nor hard-of-hearing, I am fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Classroom instruction occurs in both ASL and spoken/written English, with two classroom teachers. We are a dual-language school dedicated to bridging the deaf and hearing communities.

My Project

As a life-long patron of the arts, I value the contribution of arts-based education to the social and emotional development of young children. Combining the arts with children's literature is a journey I have been traveling my whole life—from performer to teacher. I have found a beautiful way to combine my interests.

This project was created to purchase 25 copies of THe Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein for my Broadway Books First Class program, which invites Broadway performers into the classroom to read children's books and share stories about life in the theater.

This book will be read by Broadway actress Julee Cerda (Children of a Lesser God). The story follows the main character as it searches for its missing piece in a story that is simply and touchingly told. This fable gently probes the nature of quest and fulfillment.

The children's books read by the performers are a bridge between home and school. I have witnessed an increase in motivation to read when children bring home an autographed copy of the book to enjoy again and again. Thank you to all of you for supporting this project. More information about the program can be found at broadwaybooksfirstclass.

Dr. Wellbrock
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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The Missing Piece • AKJ Education $13.13 25 $328.25

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